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Pro LINQ: Language Integrated Query in C# 2008 by Joseph C. Rattz Jr.

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Introducing LINQ to SQL

At this point, I have discussed using LINQ with in-memory data collections and arrays, XML, and DataSets. Now, I will move on to what many seem to feel is the most compelling reason to use LINQ, LINQ to SQL. I say that because when I look at the MSDN forum for LINQ, the majority of the posts seem to focus on LINQ to SQL. I think many developers are overlooking the significance of LINQ as a general purpose query language and the multitude of ways it can be utilized. Hopefully, I have convinced you of this already through the previous chapters.

LINQ to SQL is an application programming interface (API) for working with SQL Server databases. In the current world of object-oriented programming languages, there is a mismatch ...

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